A planned “Extended Spring Break” party promising “Live Music, Kickball, Etc…” at Propst Park in Columbus will NOT be allowed to be held, according to City of Columbus Mayor Robert Smith. A poster advertising the event has been circulating overnight on social media.
The Columbus City Council voted Tuesday evening to cease all events at city parks due to the coronavirus health threat.
“The City Council made it clear that the City of Columbus is following the recommendations of the CDC and the State of Mississippi to cease organized events at all city facilities,” said Mayor Smith early Friday. “We cannot allow an event like this to occur since it violates the directives of the CDC and the state and the mandate of the City of Columbus.”
An anonymous poster being shared on social media does not identify the organizers of the event other than “GTA CO2020 PRESENTS…2020 GTA KICKBACK EXTENDED SPRING BREAK…” The poster also contains profanity in the title.
The poster lists the date as Friday, March 20, 2019 (sic) and the time of 12:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. at the Propst Park Adult Field.
“We have to protect our citizens and unfortunately we cannot allow this event to occur,” Mayor Smith added. “Our facilities are closed until we are told otherwise from the CDC and the state.”